You need to be resilient- you're confronted with new situations all the time you never know what the next day will bring.
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Recruitment & selection


Minimum requirements:

To be eligible to apply to the Teach First Leadership Development Programme you will need to satisfy the following minimum requirements:

  • 2.1 degree or above, 300 UCAS points (or equivalent, excluding General Studies)
  • Have a degree or A-levels that satisfy our Teaching subject requirements
  • Grade C* (or equivalent) in GCSE Maths and English (*those placed to teach in a secondary school in Wales will require at least a B in Maths and English GSCE). Grade C in one Science GCSE is also required for Primary teaching eligibility
  • Flexibility to work anywhere within our regions

Teach First is a values-driven organisation and together with our competencies, we expect candidates to demonstrate both these and our competencies throughout the application process and thereafter.

How We Work
(Teach First Values)
What We Look For*
(Selection Competencies)
Collaboration Interaction
Commitment Knowledge
Excellence Self Evaluation
Planning & Organising
Integrity Humility, Respect & Empathy
Leadership Leadership
Problem Solving

*Our values shape the culture of how we operate at Teach First and our competencies allow us to determine your potential to be an impactful teacher.

Humility, Respect, and Empathy

As a Teach First participant you will be working with a variety of stakeholders – from pupils to parents, teachers to peers. We look for those that can build relationships quickly, giving value and respect to others to get the best out of them.


Communicating clearly whilst listening and responding appropriately is very important. As a participant you will need to adapt your style in different situations and contribute as a great team player.


You will need to show passion for Teach First, our vision and mission, as well as understanding and enthusiasm for the Leadership Development Programme.


You will need to be proactive and make decisions on a daily basis as you strive to achieve above and beyond expectations. Taking the lead will be crucial for success.

Planning and Organising

As a Teach First participant you will need to manage daily responsibilities and juggle your priorities. You will need to work efficiently and effectively to meet deadlines and deliver successfully.

Problem solving

Every day you will face new challenges and will have to come up with considered, effective and appropriate solutions in response. Whilst drawing on resources and logic you will also need to use creativity and innovation to be successful.


You will need to be hungry for a challenge, using patience and endless energy to persevere through the difficult times. When faced with obstacles you will need to be tenacious and versatile and maintain a positive mindset.


Personal development is vital for long term success. You will need to be aware of your performance, your strengths and your weaknesses and will need to be realistic in what and how you can do better.

Teach First is committed to the safeguarding of children and promotion of child welfare. As part of this commitment all participants on the Leadership Development Programme will undergo an enhanced DBS check.



You wouldn’t be the first to have some questions about Teach First so click here for answers to some of the most commonly asked questions and a reminder of some of the core information you’ll need to move your interest forward.

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Hints & Tips

Hints & Tips

Our Selection process is about identifying your potential so we’ve prepared some pointers on how to make the most of the opportunity.

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